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Making an Arduino-based CNC plotter out of a DVD player is as easy as 1, 2, what’s Arduino again?

ftr0vvqivo3s42b-medium Once, long again when magazines still existed, I bought a copy of Popular Mechanics. Inside was a how-to on how to build a robotic lawnmower. Now this was back in the 1980s so it wasn’t a very complex machine – it basically backed up when it hit stuff – but I was amazed. Being only ten at the time I was unable to build the thing and, now that I’m 40, I still… Read More

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John Biggs

November 30th

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Making an Arduino-based CNC plotter out of a DVD player is as easy as 1, 2, what’s Arduino again?

ftr0vvqivo3s42b-medium Once, long again when magazines still existed, I bought a copy of Popular Mechanics. Inside was a how-to on how to build a robotic lawnmower. Now this was back in the 1980s so it wasn’t a very complex machine – it basically backed up when it hit stuff – but I was amazed. Being only ten at the time I was unable to build the thing and, now that I’m 40, I still… Read More

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John Biggs

November 30th

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This clever dot screen is a fun widget for your high-tech hipster office

animated_dot_v0-3 Look, it’s 2016. A cereal bar, pet grooming station, nap pod, and ping pong hovel aren’t enough to get a young programmer’s guts boiling. You need something unique. You need a flip disk system. This system, created by a BreakfastNY, is basically a modern version of those massive analog-digital signs you used to see in airports. Each pixel flips from dark to light (or dark… Read More

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John Biggs

November 29th

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This clever dot screen is a fun widget for your high-tech hipster office

animated_dot_v0-3 Look, it’s 2016. A cereal bar, pet grooming station, nap pod, and ping pong hovel aren’t enough to get a young programmer’s guts boiling. You need something unique. You need a flip disk system. This system, created by a BreakfastNY, is basically a modern version of those massive analog-digital signs you used to see in airports. Each pixel flips from dark to light (or dark… Read More

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John Biggs

November 29th

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SocialBooks turns your social media into a lasting memento of your horrific year

scaled-5987 If you’re anything like me you hate social media with a white-hot passion yet you feel oddly compelled to put garbage into it on a regular basis, to your great shame. Thankfully there is now a service that can create a book about your year in social media, allowing you to seethe both offline and online, a boon to this plugged-in generation. The service is called MySocialBook and… Read More

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John Biggs

November 29th

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Become Michael Knight with Dashbot, an AI for your car

56bb6606492354b482e938a39f64f40b_original Who needs a smart car when you have a cool car? The Dashbot is a $49 add on for your vehicle that allows you to interact with your phone and Alexa while driving, thereby keeping your hands free to fend off pomaded villains and to swoop in an save innocent people before a helicopter explodes overhead. The product is a sort of Bluetooth speaker on steroids with lots of functionality built-in and… Read More

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John Biggs

November 26th

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Virata is an automatic watch with a racing pedigree

0ba0200494effcd2ec418acb5587fdee_original Virata Watches is the brain-child of Patrick Wacks from Canton, Ohio. Wacks was inspired by his favorite Formula 1 cars to create a watch as streamlined and sexy as a race car. He’s finally shipping his watches and he’s running a Kickstarter to get them out the door. The feature I find interesting is the clever, highly-engineered case. The watches look like chunks of crystalized… Read More

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John Biggs

November 24th

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Lovely is finally shipping the Fitbit for sexy times

g6xyzktt7or75ub0qmrg Do you and your partner often do sex? Do you want to know how much sex you’re doing? And do you want to know how good it is and how good it could be? What is sex? Does anyone know? Can Lovely help us find out? Hopefully, because I’m confused. Created by Jakub Konik and Tomasz Badyla Lovely is a thinger that goes on your other thinger and measures your position, speed, and attack… Read More

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John Biggs

November 23rd

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Platio turns sidewalks into solar collectors

screen-shot-2016-11-22-at-3-49-43-pm Platio is a new company from Hungary dedicated to putting solar panels just about everywhere. They’re starting with sidewalks. Founded by a team of engineers and architects the system uses solid solar panels overlaid on plastic backing that ensures the panels won’t break when stepped on or rolled over and that each panel connects with the next securely. Imre Sziszák is a… Read More

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John Biggs

November 22nd

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Platio turns sidewalks into solar collectors

screen-shot-2016-11-22-at-3-49-43-pm Platio is a new company from Hungary dedicated to putting solar panels just about everywhere. They’re starting with sidewalks. Founded by a team of engineers and architects the system uses solid solar panels overlaid on plastic backing that ensures the panels won’t break when stepped on or rolled over and that each panel connects with the next securely. Imre Sziszák is a… Read More

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John Biggs

November 22nd

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